Which fruits and vegetables are safe to feed my pet rabbits?
I've seen several specialty foods with bits of this or that in them. I'm confused as to which are actually safe and which may cause upset in their little systems.
There are a number of fruits and vegetables that are suitable for rabbits. Broccoli, cauliflower and berries are all okay but in small amounts. Leafy greens are also good but ideally look for those low in oxalates such as lettuce and bok choy. Your rabbit’s main diet should be hay, it’s better for their teeth and gastrointestinal tract. The problem with foods that contain extra dried fruit and other bits and pieces is that a 2014 study showed that when they have the option, rabbits will selectively pick out the high starch grains and fruits and ignore the pellets and hay. This led to them eating an unbalanced diet which wasn’t healthy for them. A 2015 study showed that these diets, and the subsequent selective eating, resulted in obesity in rabbits. So, feed hay as the main part of their diet with some fresh vegetables and greens, and just a few pieces of fruit. | 11.09.15 @ 10:18